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HANDS ON DAT Washington, D.C.


No person shall be registered as a Level I Dental Assistant or Level II Dental Assistant unless he or she has graduated from high school or have a general equivalency diploma. An applicant for registration as a Level II Dental Assistant shall provide satisfactory evidence to the D.C Board as to the following:   

  1. That the applicant has successfully completed and graduated from an educational program for dental assistants approved by the District of Columbia Board or the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA);

  2. That the applicant possesses a current and valid certification as a Certified Dental Assistant from the Dental Assisting National Board; or 
    (c) That the applicant has completed a dental assisting program approved by the D.C Board.


An applicant for registration as a Level II Dental Assistant may be granted registration if the applicant registers no later than September 17, 2012, and provide the following evidence satisfactory to the Board:

  1. The applicant has been performing the duties of a dental assistant on the effective date of this chapter; and

  2. The applicant has demonstrated competency to perform the duties of a dental assistant to the satisfaction of the supervising dentist. As a prerequisite to registration, a dental assistant shall present proof to the Board that he or she has completed a course in dental radiography training program that the Board deems satisfactory.

Dental Assistant Supervised Practice Dental Assistants Level I & II are permitted to work under the supervision of D.C licensed dentists for a period of 90 days while awaiting their registration with the following conditions:

  • The applicant must submit an application for a dental assistant registration to the D.C Board.

  • The supervised practice form must be approved by the Board before the applicant can begin supervised practice.

  • The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the applicant has a current application pending before the Board.

  • The applicant must complete the criminal background check procedures.

  • The applicant must complete a 90-day supervised practice form including all necessary signatures.

  • The supervised practice form must be returned to the DOH in a sealed envelope and hand-delivered to the Health Licensing Specialist.

  • The supervisor is fully responsible for the supervised practice by the applicant.

  • The supervisor may be subject to disciplinary action for any violation committed by the applicant.

  • The supervised practice is limited to a period of 90 days from the date of approval by the Board and cannot be extended.

  • The supervised practice is limited to the specific dentist and office address noted on the supervised practice form.

The above information is available on the DOH website: www.HPLA.DOH.DC.GOV

District of Columbia Dental Board Approved


Hands on Dental Assistant Training, LLC (hereafter “Hands On” or the “School”) offers classes that are designed to turn students into well-trained, entry-level dental assistants. Hands On DAT is approved by DANB (Dental Assisting National Board). Students will receive a certificate of completion for 119 clock hours of education .

Hands on Dental Assistant Training, LLC is owned and operated by Fatima Oglesby-Morris. Fatima began her career path in the Dental field as a volunteer dental assistant at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC, after working as a dental assistant in every aspect of the dental specialty. Fatima continued her education at Howard University to become a dental hygienist, which she enjoyed for 27 years. As a dental hygienist she observed that dental assistants needed more hands-on training and continuing education classes to help them become a educated, productive and professional dental assistant. Fatima had a vision that led her to develop and create Hands on Dental Assistant Training, LLC.

Fatima is a firm believer that there is no “I” in team and that it is truly teamwork that makes the dental office work. Fatima’s vision for the public is to have access to dental treatment and to be educated about their oral health. Fatima wants dental assistants to help achieve her vision by training dental assistants to educate the public community about how to obtain optimal oral health. She believes that everyone should have access to dental care. Fatima is the past third District Trustee of the American Dental Assistant’s Association and past Vice President of the Maryland Dental Hygienist’s Association.

All Disclosure Statement:

A student completing all requirements of this program will be classified as a level 1 Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia .This course makes students eligible to sit for the (DANB) Dental Assistant National Board exam for (RHS) radiation health and safety. Students must take the RHS exam to get certified as a dental radiation technoglist to be allowed to take xrays on patientes in Washington DC.


It’s our mission to give each student the opportunity to learn the skills to become a professional educated dental assistant. We will teach students how to provide optimal oral health care to their patients and how to volunteer their skills in the community


Hands on Dental Assistant Training, LLC. is located at 529 Flordia Ave NW, Washington D.C 20001. We train students to become an entry level dental assistant in the subject areas of dental assisting, that include using the patient treatment rooms, dental equipment, x-ray equipment, and dental tools.

Classes are held in an environment that is a modern, state-of-the-art dental office. Each student receives all disposable Equipment and supplies needed to perform tasks. Students work in the lab room to get hands on training using the dental Equipment. Each student has the opportunity to use the dental tools.

Instructors will utilize the following to aid students learning: fully equipped dental treatment rooms, audiovisual aids, dental lab exercises, x-ray equipment, and learn how to use the sterilazation equpiment (autoclave).


  • Fatima Oglesby-Morris, DA, RDH


Director of Admissions

  • Aretha Thompson DA

Director and Instructor of Washington D.C location

  • Dr. Aaron T Whitaker DDS

Volunteer Instructor

Jess Deinlein DA,BS

School Communications Liaison


Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Have a high school diploma (or GED)

  • A U.S. citizen or possess a work Visa that allows the student to reside and work in the United States

Applicants will be notified by phone or email of the school’s decision regarding their admission status.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • analyze and discuss major areas in the dental field and procedures performed

  • demonstrate proper set up/cleaning and sterilization procedures, along with all infection control standards for eliminating cross contamination

  • evaluate and discuss radiographs and proper techniques for utilizing radiation equipment

  • identify proper names, use and function of dental instruments and equipment used in a dental office

  • demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the dental care team’s role in the health-care industry, including quality improvement processes that may be used to monitor the dental health team’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities within a given healthcare system

  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the certified dental assistant, including standards of ethics and jurisprudence governing the dental practice

  • recognize and use pharmaceutical-medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing, and charting of medications in the dental office

  • systematically collect and document diagnostic data in a dental office

  • demonstrate the ability to perform various clinical supportive skills needed in a dental office

Program Format

This program is an in-class program and students are required to meet on campus every week for 8 weeks. The face-to-face sessions allow students to learn theory as well as have authentic “hands on” experience with their instructors and peers in a fully equipped dental office. Training is offered on 8 Saturdays for 6.5 hours each day ( 6 classroom hours). The maximum student to instructor ratio for this program is 5:1 for classroom and laboratory. This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas . The student will be taught how to set up the lecture learning about the patient treatment rooms, dental laboratory,and x-ray equipment. Each session is divided into lecture and lab. During the lecture portion the student views slides or PowerPoint presentations presented by the instructor. There is time for questions, discussion, quizzes and review. The second part of the class focuses on hands-on learning and practicing didactic skills in the treatment rooms, labs, and equipment. Students are completing homework during the week to coincide with the learning objectives for the in- class training. The instructor will lecture the student teaching techniques on how to become a profesional educated dental assistant. This curriculum is approved by the DC Dental Board and the Dental Assisting National Board. After students complete the course, students are eligible to take the Radiation Health and Safety Exam (RHS). to obtain radiology certification in the District of Columbia.

The entry level assistant program is customized into an 8- week program that covers professionalism, instrumentation, dental terminology, lab equipment, dental procedures, infection control, radiology, anatomy, and the dental team. Each session is divided into lecture and lab.


Every student is required to participate in 50 hours of externship. The externship may begin no sooner than after passing the first 2 exams. Exams are given weekly . All externship hours must be completed by the last scheduled class. The student will be provided with the contact information of the dental office(s) that is participating on the school externship list. The student will schedule their extern hours at a time that is mutually convenient for the dental office and themselves. The externship will allow the student to test the skills and abilities that they have been taught in the Hands On Dental Assistant Training classes. Upon completion of the externship, the student will submit a timesheet that must be signed by the dental office and given to Hands On Dental Assistant Training to verify the required hours have been completed. The dental practice will also complete an evaluation of the student’s progress. This evaluation will document the student performance experienced with the dentist during the externship. The externship will be evaluated and graded on a pass/fail basis. A passing grade on the externship is a requirement of graduation.

List of Responsibilities for Assisting in Externship Requirements
● Preliminary examination of patients
● Four-handed dentistry techniques
● Using and handling of dental materials
● Process and procedures for the laboratory
● Performing and assisting with intraoral procedures
● Taking and recording patient vital signs
● Using diagnostic aids (radiographs and impressions for study
● Providing oral patient health
● Managing patients
● Charting teeth/completing treatment documentation
● Infection Control procedures

Previous Experience/Training
Hands on Dental Assistant Training does not accept previous training/credits from other institutions.


DA II Disclosure Statement
A student completing all requirements of this program will be classified as a Level 1 Dental Assistant in Washington DC.
To be registered as a Level II Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia, one must:1. Have graduated from high school or hold a general equivalency diploma, AND 2a. Successfully complete a dental assisting education program approved by the D.C. Board of Dentistry or accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), OR 2b. Hold current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, AND 3. Complete a course in dental radiography training that the D.C. The Board of Dentistry deems satisfactory AND 4. Apply for a registration as a Level II Dental Assistant to the D.C. Board of Dentistry. An applicant who has been performing the duties of a dental assistant on July 15, 2011 may be granted a registration if he or she fulfills the following requirements: 1. Demonstrate competency to perform the duties of a dental assistant to the satisfaction of the supervising dentist, AND 2. Apply for a registration as a dental assistant to the D.C. Board of Dentistry no later than 9/17/12.


Traditional class sessions on campus will meet on Saturdays. Please view the table below for the detailed schedule. It is the student’s responsibility to understand and keep track of the schedule and the time commitment.

Sessions Schedule
Face to Face (On campus)

other class options

other class options

  • 1 through 4 Saturday, 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. 30 min lunch

  • 5 through 8 Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 30 min lunch

  • 1 through 4 Wednesday, 9am-3:30 pm 30 min break

  • 5 through 8 Wednesday, 9:30-3:30 pm 30 min break

  • 1 through 4 Monday/Wednesday 5:00 pm-8:00 pm 30 min break

  • 5 through 8 Monday/Wednesday 5:00 pm-8:00 pm 30 min break

Tuitions and Fees
Tuition $2,997.00
Registration fee $100.00
Tuition must be paid in full by week 4, which is the halfway point in the course.
We do not participate with Federal Financial Aid, however, we do offer a payment plan of three
Payments (two- $750 payments and one- $747 payment) with an initial deposit of $750. This payment plan option must be discussed and arranged with the school director in advance.

❖ Tuition Refund Policy:

All the monies the student paid (EXCEPT the $100 application fee ) will be refunded if they are not accepted for the training program.
There will be supplies, books, and consumable fees’ refunds.
The following established provisions will be the basis for the tuition refunds and refundable fees:

❖ Should the student’s enrollment be terminated or should the student withdraw for any reason, all
refunds will be made according to the following refund schedule:

– Tuition Reimbursement Scale or Schedule

Cancellation Policy Refund and Settlement Policy:

  1. The school will have to refund to each currently enrolled student for the monies they paid for tuition and fees should they close or discontinue the program.

  2. Should the students choose not to enroll or withdraw from a school within 7 calendar days after signing a contract, all the fees they paid shall be refunded.

  3. The enrollment fee can be retained by the school when the students decide not to enroll after a period of 7 days but before the first day of instruction.

  4. Refunds will depend on the price of the total contract for the program or course when the students withdraw after the period of cancellation for 7 days but before the instruction starts. The refund shall include all fees, except the enrollment fee and the charges made for the students’ supplies, books, materials purchased, and properties. The following will be the minimum refund which a school shall pay to the student who is terminated after the period of cancellation for 7 days has expired or who withdraws after the instruction has begun:

If a student withdraws before the first day of school, they will receive a refund at 100%

If the school cancels the class, students will receive a refund of 100%

If the student withdraws within the first 25% of the period of enrollment, student will
receive 75% refund

  1. The date of withdrawal or termination is the last date of attendance by the student. A
    refund due a student shall be based on the date of withdrawal or termination and paid
    within 60 days from the date of withdrawal or termination.

Required Materials:


Modern Dental Assisting (12th Edition) Bird Robinson, Workbook and Instrument book.
Please visit our website at

There are rental options through . Books are approximately $150- $200.00 per set.


Students must come to class with either black or purple scrubs. Scrubs can be purchased at Walmart or Uniform City at a afforable price. Approximately cost $25.00 per set. Students must also wear closed-toe shoes. No high heels are permitted. Students are not permitted to wear excessive jewelry and if they have long hair, it must be pulled back. This is for safety precautions.

The school provides each student with dental assistant name tags (“IDs”) If lost, replacement fee will be $5.00.

Library/Other Resources

Students have access to the Public Library: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library – 1630 7th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001. It is 0.3 miles from our location – a 6 minute walk or 2 min drive.

Students have an access code inside their textbook to the online resource library Evolve Elsevie

Dental Assistant Training Curriculum

4hr DA 101 Introduction to the Profession(Lec)

Introduction to the Profession & Ethical and Legal Issues, Resume Writing/interviewing tips
Dentistry as a profession and the responsibilities of the dental health team, which includes the dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, front office personnel and the back- office personnel. A discussion of the ethics in dentistry and the various governmental agencies entrusted with the regulations of the dental profession to ensure and protect the public from incompetent and unethical procedures. Topics include licensure procedures and credentialing is also discussed. Fundamentals of resume writing. Topics include pointers in job hunting and how to handle interviews. Behavioral interview questions.

4hr DA 102 Human Dentition & Dental Radiography(Lec)

Form and structures of the human natural teeth in the dental arch. Basic X-Ray techniques, emphasis on taking a full mouth series of x-rays, developing and mounting radiographs.

4hr DA 103 Composition of Teeth and Dental Terminology & Tissues Surrounding the Teeth. (Lec)

Parts of the tooth. Topics include cervix, apex, dental pulp, tissues of the tooth enamel, dentin and cementum. Also, includes discussion of anatomical landmarks of the tooth and dental terminology. Tissues supporting the human teeth. Topics include the alveolar process, the periodontal ligament and the gingival (gums), which are collectively known as the periodontium.

4hr DA 104 Bones of the Head, Muscles of the Head and Neck, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and Paranasal Sinuses (Lec)

2hr DA 105 Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Materials (Lec)

Specialty limited to the dental care of children. Topics include informed consent from guardians prior to treatment, behavioral management. Material used in dentistry. Topics include cavity varnishes and liners, dental cements, surgical, periodontal dressing, glass ionomer cements, composites, pit and fissure sealants and dental amalgams.

2hr DA 106 Oral Cavity, Salivary Glands and Immune System, Oral Pathology Cavity of the mouth and salivary glands.(Lec)

Topics include discussion of infectious diseases that can be transmitted from the patient in a dental environment. Study of the nature of diseases that affect oral structures and regions nearby. Topics include discussions on how to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions in the oral cavity.

4 hr DA 107 Removal Prosthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics (Lec)

Removable Prosthodontics replaces missing teeth. Topics include component parts of both the partial and complete RPD’s and the various steps necessary during replacement appointment. Complete restorations, or the replacement of one or more teeth in a dental arch. Topics include the different types of fixed prosthodontics restorations.

4hr DA 108 Endodontics more commonly referred to as Root Canal Therapy, Topical and Local Anesthesia, Orthodontics, Periodontics/Dental Hygienist Assistant Training (Lec)

Root Canal Therapy, Topical and Local Anesthesia, Orthodontics, Periodontics/Dental Hygienist Assistant
Topics include the use of the various endodontic instruments and materials. Prevention and correction of dental and oral deviations. Dealing with the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases, which are the most common of tooth loss. Assisting the dental hygienist with periodontal charting and patient education.

4hr DA 109 Oral Surgery/Implants, Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office (Lec)

Involved with removal of the teeth, bone and tissue grafts and removal of tumors and cysts. Topics include the various procedures and instruments used in oral surgery and the implant surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw. Risk associated with providing medical and dental care. Topics include the various steps to be taken to respond to emergencies.



4hr DA 101 Dental Chair and Infection Control, Setup and Breakdown of a Dental Chair, COVID/ Infection Control Procedures. (Lab)

The different components of the dental operatory and dental chair. Topics include the operation of the dental chair and the various associated instruments. Each student will be asked to operate the chair and various instruments until they are completely familiar with the procedures. The goals of infection control are discussed together with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and standards. Students are taught and asked to use the various Personal Protective Equipment (gown mask, eyewear/face shield and examination gloves) required in the dental clinic. Performed by the dental assistant prior to seating a patient in the operatory. A standard routine must be established according to the dentist and the appropriate regulatory agencies. Students are taught to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines in effective infection control. Topics include the various procedures required to be accomplished following dental treatment. Students are asked to demonstrate the correct routine for breaking down and clean-up of operatories following dental treatment.

4hr DA 102 Suction Placement, Sterilization(Lab)

Students will learn different methods of moisture control, emphasizing suctioning. Students will be asked to practice placement of the tip of the High -Volume Evacuator with reference to each quadrant.
Students will learn how to properly sterilize instruments, including packing instruments. Students will package and sterilize instruments via cold sterilization and the autoclave.

4hr DA 103 Dental Instruments, Dental Charting (Lab)

Topics include a study of the various dental instruments, how they are organized to the tasks they are to perform and separated onto trays. Documenting the present dental conditions of the patient and the dental services to be rendered, this serves as a legal record of the patient. The students are taught and asked to prepare a dental chart using appropriate symbols and abbreviations.

4hr DA 104 Radiography Basics, X-Ray Proceduresand X-Ray techniques (Lab)

This course prepares students to sit for the (DANB) Dental Assistant National Board exam for (RHS) radiation health and safety to become certified as a dental radiation technologist. Students will learn Radiography and X-Ray Procedures , X-Ray techniques Emphasis on how to take a full mouth series of x-rays, developing and mounting radiographs and X-ray safety.

2hr DA 105 Alginate Impressions, Laboratory Materials and Techniques (Lab)

Alginate impressions are taken in order to capture an accurate three-dimensional duplication of a patient’s teeth and/or surrounding tissues. The impressions are used to produce a model to be used for treatment planning and the fabrication of dental prostheses. Students are taught how to do alginate impressions. Students also learn how to take impressions using silicon and gypsum.

4hr DA 106 Pediatric Dentistry (Lab)

This procedure is performed if the pulp of a primary or newly erupted permanent tooth has been exposed. Topics include the pulpotomy procedures and the use of various instruments.
Students are asked to practice setting up trays for the pulpotomy and stainless crown placement procedure. A clinical video of amalgam restoration and composite resin restoration is shown to the students during this session.

4hr DA 107 – Dental Materials, Restorative Procedures(Lab)

Instruction in the use of bonding agents to be used between the tooth structures and the restoration. Topics include the preparation of bonding agents using various installments. Students are asked to practice mixing ionomer cement and applying bonding agents. Students will learn the procedures for amalgam and composite restorations, including instrument recognition, manipulation of materials and proper set up.

4hr DA 108 Removable Prosthodontics, Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures, Fixed Prosthodontics (Lab)

An overview of the steps involved in the fabrication and installation of complete and partial dentures. Students are asked to practice putting tray set-ups together for each stage of removable and prosthodontic fabrication and delivery. An overview of the preparation of a full cast, porcelain fused to metal crown or all porcelain crowns. Students learn the proper techniques for expelling impression materials.

3hr DA 109 Endodontic Instruments and Procedures (Lab)

An overview of endodontics (root canal) procedures and the various materials and instruments used. Students are asked to practice identifying the materials and instruments used in the root canal procedure.

2hr DA 110 Techniques in Administering topical Anesthesia, Sealants and Bleaching techniques (Lab)

Proper use of anesthesia in the dental practice. Topics include the various types of anesthesia and the instruments and techniques used in administering them. Students are asked to practice loading the syringes, proper passing techniques and safe recapping techniques. A clinical video is shown during this session. Newly erupted and caries free teeth benefit from sealants. Students learn how to apply sealants and bleaching techniques.

2hr DA 111 Periodontal Treatment Procedures, Oral Surgical Procedure/Implants (Lab)

Topics include the various steps and instruments used. Students are taught the various periodontal instrumentation and practice techniques in passing instruments. Students are taught how to set up the ultrasonic scaler/Piezo Scaler. A study of dental implants and dental extraction. Students are taught the different instruments and how they are used and passed over a patient. A clinical video of both oral surgical procedures is shown to the students during this session.


Students will complete a total of 50 hours of externship under the supervision of a Licensed Dentist. Agreements are established at local dental offices. Students have the option of choosing a dental office on their own. Externship form can found on the website

Attendance/Participation Policies

Students are encouraged to attend all hours of program instruction and are expected to participate in class discussions as well as in labs. It is essential to come to class prepared with homework and materials. We recognize that emergencies occur. Should there be extraordinary circumstances; students are requested to speak with the School Director who will arrange ways to make up the classes that were missed. Often this is accomplished by completing the class missed the next time the program is offered or through make-up work. Only 10% of the program can be made up through make-up work. Students must be in class during the session they enroll in for a minimum of 90% of the time. Students are expected to have a doctor’s note for the reason of absence due to illness, ect. If a student is absent three times consecutively without notifying the school, the student will be considered dropped. The school will contact the student by email, writing or phone and formally advise the student of this status.

Lateness or missing classes/Makeup Work

Students should report to class on time. Consistently lateness to class may result in a conference with the Instructor. Students are responsible for making up all missed work, including labs, homework, and projects. Missed classes and/or labs are to be made up by communicating with the instructor. Classes may be made up by (1) arranging a time with your director or instructor to make up a missed class (2) private tutoring by an instructor is no charge for makeup work. Make-up work must be completed within 1 week of missed class. This should be arranged between the student and Instructor.

Academic Progress

A grade of 75% or high is required to successfully complete the program
Satisfactory is 75% or higher Passing (“P”) under 75% IS Unsatisfactory (“F”)

Final GPA is calculated as follows:

The Average of the 8 general quizzes = 1/3
Mid-term = 1/3 ** Lab work is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Final Exam = 1/3
After each quiz (total of 8) is graded the student will be advised by the instructor of attainment
of satisfactory/unsatisfactory progress in the program. The student will be given a written
“Student Progress Report”, a copy of which will be placed in the student permanent file.

Exams/Quizzes are given each class with the Final Exam given on the last scheduled day of class. If the student is not able to raise the grade point average above 75% after taking the 4th quiz in sequence, s/he will be requested to withdraw.

Students are strongly encouraged to take quizzes as scheduled. However, in the event that aquiz is missed, the student is required to notify the instructor BEFORE the quiz and give the reason for the absence. A makeup quiz may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.

The make-up quiz must be taken within one week after the original examination. Students are responsible for contacting the Instructor when a quiz is missed to reschedule. The final examination must be taken on the specified date. However, we understand emergencies do occur. In order to make up the Final Exam, students must have documentation
on the emergency (i.e. – Doctor’s Note) and will be permitted to make it up. It is the student’s
responsibility to obtain all missed material and make-up any missed daily (lab) work.

If a student fails a unit quiz, he/she is expected to make an appointment within one week after the quiz was given with the course instructor. At that time, the student will review the


The student may re-enroll or re-enter at another time if arrangements have been made with the school director at the time the student leaves. Re-admission is given when there is a vacancy in the class and room for admittance. Re-admission will mean filling out a new enrollment agreement and beginning all over again. Tuition charges will apply.

Readmission due to Leave of Absence
We recognize that emergencies occur. However, because the program is eight weeks, there is no leave of absence. If a student cannot complete the program, they may be able to re-enroll at a later date. Tuition fees would apply.


All class assignments and homework assignments are graded according to the following grading scale:

Excellent 94% – 100%
Good 84% – 93%
Fair 75% – 83%
Poor 0% -74%

All lab work assignments are graded on a Pass/Fail (“P” or “F”) basis.

Students must obtain a minimum average grade of 75% and pass (“P”) all lab assignments in order to satisfactorily complete the training program. Examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve examination performance.

Exams will be given on scheduled dates (refer to course calendar). Dates are subject to change
upon instructor’s discretion.


Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon satisfactory completion of all assignments – classwork and homework, projects, and quizzes. In order to graduate, students must:

  • Complete all homework and class assignments with a cumulative average of 75% or higher

  • Complete all lab assignments with a grade of Pass “P”

  • Complete the 50-clock hour externship with a Pass “P”.

  • Have a minimum of 90% attendance

  • Pay all tuition and fees in full


Student records are maintained electronically. These computer records are electronically backed up regularly. All records are maintained with the same security and confidence . A set of records is maintained on the school campus.
Students have the right to inspect their records and are entitled to a copy if there are no outstanding obligations. Students must submit a request in writing to in order to receive a copy of their records and pay a $15 transcript fee.

* Library/Other Resources

Students had access to the Public Library: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library – 1630 7th St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001. It is 0.3 miles from our location – a 6 minute walk or 2 min drive.

Students have a code in their textbook to access the online resource library Evolve Elsevier.

* Records/Transcripts

Records are kept electronically.

Courses are approved by DANB (Dental Assisting National Board)

Students have the right to inspect their records and are entitled to a copy if there are no outstanding obligations. Students must submit a request in writing to in order to receive a copy of their records and pay a $15 transcript fee.

Changes Made by School

If the school cancels or changes a program of study or location in such a way that the student who has started is unable to complete training, arrangements will be made in a timely manner to accommodate the needs of each student enrolled in the program who is affected by the cancellation or change. If the school is unable to make alternative arrangements that are satisfactory to both parties, the school will refund all money paid by the student less the $100 registration fee.

Drug/Alcohol/Smoking Policy

Hands -On Dental Assistant Training, LLC. has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs on campus. No student shall come to class intoxicated or under the influence of any illegal substances.

Hands- On Dental Assistant Training, LLC. is committed to maintaining a comfortable and safe environment in which our employees can work, and our students can pursue their academic objectives. We are committed to helping promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for our students.

If an instructor suspects a student is using drugs and/or alcohol the student will be dismissed and removed from the school. There is no smoking allowed within any place in the dental office or training rooms. Smokers may smoke outside during a break.

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or offensive comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature between and/or among students and/or staff. Sexual harassment or harassment because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability, will not be tolerated.

Student Services


We value our students and want to make sure they are always in a safe learning environment. The parking lot is small but lit up. Always make sure you leave together and stay alert. In the event of an emergency or that you suspect something suspicious, please call 911.

Academic Support

Any student who feels like s/he needs extra help should contact Aretha Thompson at or, and
an appointment will be scheduled.


We use state of the art dental equipment in the School. Conventional radiology equipment, dental chairs, dental tools, and dental materials use to teach students how to mix dental cements and how to preform dental impressions of teeth.

Job Placement

Although we cannot guarantee 100% job placement upon successful completion of the program, we can confidently state that there is a job market for dental assistants. We offer resume building services to our students and mock interviews so they are well prepared for a dental career.


A restroom and break room (with a microwave and refrigerator) are available.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to view their grades at any given time as well as their records. Students will receive a student ID when registering. They are required to wear that ID with their scrubs to all classes and their externship. There is a $10.00 replacement fee for lost or stolen IDs. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with the Instructor or Director if s/he is experiencing difficulty with the aspects of the program.

Code of Conduct

Hands – On Dental Assistant Training, LLC., believe that students and staff should always conduct themselves in a professional manner. This means coming to class with required materials, wearing scrubs, having one’s hair pulled back (if applicable), and refraining from being under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs while in the learning environment. Students are expected to purchase their scrubs and wear their scrubs during each class session. Student s are expected to wear gloves, masks, and protective glasses that are provided for all sessions.

The administration of the school will have the right to terminate students under the following circumstances:

  • Not complying with rules and regulations

  • Unprofessional conduct.

  • Unsatisfactory academic progress

  • Excessive absence or lateness

  • Failure to pay fees when due

  • Cheating

  • Sexual harassment

  • Breach of enrollment agreement

  • Falsifying records

  • Carrying a concealed or potentially dangerous weapon

  • Any kind of harassments such as discrimination and intimidation

  • Entering school site while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics of any kind.

Performance Data

Information about the performance of programs that are approved will be provided to students and upcoming students. The scope of the information ranges from programs enrollment, rate of completion, rate of placement, and if viable, the passing rates of graduates on licensure examinations. For more information, the following are the catalog supplements.

For any student who is interested in accessing performance data, please contact the

Office of Proprietary Schools
D.C Higher Education Licensure Commission
1050 First Street, NE,5th Floor
Washington D.C

Hands on Dental Assistant Training, LLC., believe that student and staff should always conduct themselves in a professional manner. This means coming to class with their materials, wearing scrubs, hair pulled back if applicable and avoiding the use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs in the learning environment. If a student violates any of this, they will receive a warning, up to 2. After that, they may be put on a week’s probation and/or terminated from the program. It is up to the discretion of the Director.


Any conflict or disagreements should be directly addressed by the students with the person involved along the written document which records the communication and complaint. However, if there is no satisfactory resolution met, the student will have the right to see the school director by setting an appointment. The complaint and communication records are required to be compiled in writing and documented in the student file. To arrive at a satisfactory resolution, every attempt of concession will be made. If, with such efforts of institution intervention, the complaint can’t still be resolved or the student still believes that the issue has not yet been satisfactorily resolved, then he/she may contact:


We care about our students and want to ensure they are getting the highest quality education. In order to make sure of this, students are asked to fill out a course evaluation at the end of their course to get feedback and to make sure they feel they are getting the education they deserve. The evaluations are anonymous and taken very seriously. We make sure our Instructors attend continuing education classes frequently to stay up to date in the Dental Health care field.

Office of Proprietary Schools
1050 First Street, NE,5th Floor
Washington D.C

Student Externship Form
Approved by District of Columbia Board Of Dental Examiners!

Kindly click the links below to download the student externship forms.

  • DC Externship Level 1 DA

  • DC Externship Level 2 DA

Learn more about the The D.C State Board of Dental Examination www.HPLA.DOH.DC.GOV

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